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Jul 17, 2018

NACS Show Keynote Speaker Line-up Announced
An impressive roster for this year’s NACS Show includes disruptors, unmarketers and a skilled trade advocate.

NACS Comments on Proposed Tobacco Regulations
FDA proposals would limit the nicotine level in cigarettes and flavorings in tobacco products.

Albertsons Launches Instacart-Powered Virtual Store
O Organics Market will showcase grocer’s organic and natural private brands, offer same-day delivery.

Kroger Debuts OptUP App
Data-driven app aims to encourage shoppers to make healthier decisions.

Califia Farms Receives $50 Million Investment
The plant-based milk company seeks to expand manufacturing and promotion.

Consumers Want Smart Labels
70% of consumers want to know more about a product then the ingredients on the label.


Jul 16, 2018

QSRs To End ‘No Poaching’ Policies
Seven chains will stop practices that could limit employee wages and chance of advancement.

McDonald’s Salads Suspected in Outbreak of Illnesses
Two state health departments are investigating health problems caused by the cyclospora parasite.

Walmart Granted a Patent for Employee Audio Surveillance System
Company could listen in on employee conversations as part of performance evaluations.

Robot Barista Flies Into Texas Airport
Travelers to and from Austin can perk up at Briggo’s Coffee Haus with a robotic server, without ever talking with a human barista.


Jul 13, 2018

Coca-Cola Debuts Reverse Vending Machines
Pilot vending machines support Coke’s “World Without Waste” initiative.

NACS Resource Helps Retailers Tell Their Story
PR Toolkit offers guidelines for building goodwill and establishing positive relationships within the community.

Chick-fil-A Experiments with Electronic Butler Bell
Three Texas locations have seen a boost in sales and hospitality scores after installing the tabletop device.

The Value of Premium Gas
Changes in the marketplace have eroded premium gasoline’s sales, but the grade still accounts for roughly 13% of all gasoline sales.

Tim Hortons Tests Delivery in Canada
Delivery will begin in Vancouver, Edmonton and Ottawa.

Rutter’s Helps Environment Through Coffee Purchase
Convenience store chain recently debuted the second blend of its sustainable coffee program.


Jul 12, 2018

C-Store Sales Up for the First Six Months of 2018
Healthy food and drink sales expected to drive summer in-store sales at U.S. convenience stores.

Seattle Soda Tax Collection Exceeds Expectations
Added tax on sweetened beverages may not be reducing consumption.

Investigation: Possible 'No-Poach' Employee Agreements
Fast-food restaurants probed about restricting competition for employees and keeping hourly wages low.

Digital Coupons Influence QSR and Fast-Casual Diners
Study shows that customers will shift brands or try something new if offered digital coupons.

Walmart to Open More Dallas-Fort Worth Convenience Stores
Four new Walmart c-stores to open in the area this year.

Amazon Gears Up for Prime Day
For the first time, Prime Day will offer deals at Whole Foods Markets.


Jul 11, 2018

Protests Against Cashless Restaurants Grow
As the number of restaurants that eschew cash increases in Washington, D.C., city council members introduce a bill to make retailers accept cash.

Happy 7-Eleven Day!
Once again, the retailer is celebrating its birthday with free Slurpee drinks and a “seven deals in seven days” promo.

Amazon Acquisition Upends Meal-Kit Industry
While the online retailer hasn’t started bringing meal kits to Prime members, meal-kit companies have started to change their business model to stay competitive.

Drive-Thrus Outperform Dining Rooms
For fast-food restaurants, more sales are happening outside the stores, which has led chains to expand their ability to take drive-thru orders.

Looking Into Fuel’s Crystal Ball
This week’s Convenience Matters podcast offers a few predictions about the future of fueling.

Unique Gas Stations Take Center Stage
A new photography book with a preface by Jay Leno showcases the world’s quirkiest gasoline stations—and why we love them.


Jul 10, 2018

Hartford, Conn., Says No to Most 24-Hour C-Stores
The city is severely limiting the number of convenience stores open all night in an effort to curb crime.

Starbucks Will Ditch Plastic Straws
By 2020, the company will replace plastic straws with straw-free lids or alternative-material straws as part of its initiative to lower waste worldwide.

Hundreds Sickened by Del Monte Vegetable Trays
The CDC has been notified of 212 cases of cyclosporiasis in persons who reportedly consumed the recalled prepackaged Del Monte Fresh Produce vegetable trays.

C-Stores Give People With Disabilities a Chance
With a tight labor market developing in many parts of the United States, businesses are finding success with hiring people who have disabilities.

Lidl Re-evaluates Its U.S. Expansion
The German grocer has opened 53 stores so far but has yet to achieve a strong foothold in the United States.

Don’t Assume You Know Your Customers, Study Them
Free webcast offers simple methods to boost digital adoption, while reducing time to market and upfront costs.


Jul 9, 2018

Make Way for On-Demand Gasoline
New trends may alter the future of gas stations.

Walmart Announces Supplier Inclusion Effort
Showcase focuses on diverse suppliers from throughout the United States.

Selling Stuff to Gen Z
Keeping up with sophisticated Z shoppers will challenge retailers.

Vendors Underwriting Amazon Prime Discounts
Supplier claims of 10% ‘scanback charge’ and other fees.

Who Hacked the Gas Pumps?
Hackers steal more than 600 gallons of fuel from Detroit gas station.

Taco Bell Celebrates Wedding Anniversary
One year and 60 weddings later, Taco Bell is renewing vows for bigger and better weddings at the Las Vegas Cantina.


Jul 6, 2018

California Groups Push for Soda Tax
In response to a 12-year ban, two health-care associations announced a statewide soda tax ballot initiative for 2020.

Is Casual Dining Staging a Comeback?
Sales at chains such as Ruby Tuesday and Applebee’s have been rebounding.

Amazon Go to Open Second Seattle Location
The city will have two cashier-less convenience stores.

Five Facts About Diesel
NACS explains why diesel historically costs more than gasoline and provides other key takeaways.


Jul 5, 2018

Gas Pump Skimming on the Rise
The U.S. Secret Service issues skimmer warning during one of the summer’s busiest travel weeks.

Miami Food Truck Delivers Convenience
The truck stocks groceries and other convenience items aimed at a Hispanic audience.

Loop Neighborhood Stores Launches ‘Loop Back’ Rewards
The program offers customers points for purchases, dollars-off coupons and other exclusive rewards.

What Makes a Business Successful?
This week’s Convenience Matters podcast features Scott Hartman, president and CEO of Rutter’s, who shares his insights about how his company stays current.


Jul 3, 2018

Seattle Straw Ban Takes Effect
City is largest U.S. locality to prohibit plastic utensils and straws in restaurants.

Amazon Helps Entrepreneurs Start Delivery Service
Participants must invest in the new business and handle Amazon shipments.

Convenience, Health Drive Sales of Frozen Food
Millennials are attracted to new innovations and time-saving options of frozen foods.

NACS Wins Nine Prestigious EXCEL Awards
NACS Magazine and “Convenience Matters” podcast each racked up multiple honors from Association Media & Publishing.


Jul 2, 2018

Kroger and Robomart to Pilot Driverless Delivery
Stores will test unmanned vehicles for same-day grocery deliveries later this year.

Consumer Demand Grows for Plant-based Proteins
Whether it’s eggs, beef or chicken, plant-based versions are available.

McDonald’s Introduces Globe-Trotting Menu
But it’s only a treat for employees at the company’s Chicago headquarters.

Soda Companies Experience Sales Increase
PepsiCo, Dr Pepper Snapple and the Coca-Cola Company posted positive sales growth during the four weeks that ended on June 16.


Jun 29, 2018

Will California Prohibit Taxes on Soda?
Bills at the state level could ban localities from enacting their own tax on soft drinks.

Senate Passes Legislation to Reauthorize SNAP
Farm Bill passes the Senate with overwhelming bipartisan support.

AmEx, Amazon Partner on Small Business Credit Card
The credit card company beat other banks to issue the co-branded card.

BP to Acquire U.K.’s Largest EV Charging Company
The purchase is an important step in scaling up and deploying a fast and ultra-fast charging network on BP’s U.K. forecourts.

Twin City Caps Tobacco Licenses
St. Paul, Minnesota, City Council approved a measure that would not allow for any new licenses to be issued beyond the current number.

Why Gas Mileage Improves in the Summer
There are significant environmental benefits to summer-blend fuel, as well as increased fuel efficiency.


Jun 28, 2018

10 Top Companies Working on Food-Tracking Blockchain
Innovative technology will help the food industry know where food has traveled.

House Subcommittee Holds Hearing on Advanced Biofuels
Travel center and fuel retailing executive testifies and shares insights on advanced biofuels and the RFS.

Millennials Cook Less, Order More Delivery
Current millennial eating habits could impact U.S. food producers negatively in the future, UBS reports.

South Korea to Funnel Funds to Hydrogen Fueling
Government partners with private businesses to put more hydrogen vehicles on the road.

Dunkin’ Donuts to Launch ‘Donut Fries’
New LTO snack pops into stores to celebrate Independence Day.

Data for Your Business
The U.S. Census has tools available to help retailers boost their business.


Jun 27, 2018

U.S. EPA Releases Proposed Renewable Fuel Volumes
2019 draft volumes are less than statutory targets.

U.S. Supreme Court Closes Sales Tax Loophole for Online Stores
The ruling means that states can require Internet retailers to collect sales tax without having a physical presence in that state.

Californians Will Vote on Repealing Gas Tax
The November ballot proposition would kill the state’s new tax on gasoline and repeal vehicle fees.

What Will Influence American Food?
Latin America, Middle East and the Mediterranean are the top three regions that will impact American food this year.

Convenience Stores Embrace Payment Apps
Cumberland Farms’ SmartPay mobile app has helped the regional chain connect with customers.

An Industry Reflection
This week’s Convenience Matters podcast features industry icon Roy Strasburger.


Jun 26, 2018

Supreme Court Rules in Favor of American Express
Implications for other card networks unclear following 5-4 decision.

2017 State of the Industry Report Released
NACS report of 2017 data provides valuable information for retailer benchmarking and decision-making.

Early Bird Deadline Extended for NACS Show
Save $300 when you register by Wednesday.

Fuel Retailing: It’s Not Just About Price
Why lighting, cleanliness and the overall customer experience matter for fuel sales.


Jun 25, 2018

Coca-Cola China Testing AI-Enabled Retail Freezer
‘Smart’ store attracts customers, simplifies management and supports female entrepreneurship.

U.S. States Pressure Automakers on EVs
California and eight other states unveil an ambitious plan to boost sales of electric cars.

California Legislators Could Restrict Kids’ Meals
Proposed bill would make California the first U.S. state to regulate restaurant meals for youngsters.

Wingstop Restaurants to Expand U.S. Delivery Service
More chicken wings will fly out the door with the addition of new technology.


Jun 22, 2018

U.S. House of Representatives Passes Farm Bill
Legislation to reauthorize SNAP passes by a narrow, party-line vote.

Massachusetts Approves $15-per-hour Minimum Wage
The bill passed both House and Senate by a vast majority.

Starbucks to Shutter 150 Stores
The coffeehouse chain, while having more locations than McDonald’s, will be closing around three times as many units as it usually does.

Gaining Fans, One Bite at a Time
Krispy Krunchy Chicken has been winning converts with its fried chicken franchises in gas stations and convenience stores.

Dollar General Tests App-based Checkout
The discount chain is the latest retailer to dip its toes into mobile checkout.

How BMI Affects Consumer Behavior and Attitudes
Study suggests c-stores can be a positive force in changing behavior and helping reverse obesity levels.


Jun 21, 2018

McDonald’s Eliminating Plastic Straws in U.K. and Ireland
More foodservice providers are moving away from one-use, plastic products.

Rosé Grows and Two Companies Turn Wine into Water
Latest trends in the wine and water categories.

Retailers Use Tax Benefits to Hire Employees
Some retailers are using tax cut savings to offer better salaries and benefits.

Publix Wants to Park Your Car
Complimentary valet service now available to shoppers at Tampa Bay stores.


Jun 20, 2018

Walmart Develops New Sam’s Club Concept
The store will be smaller than its usual warehouse size and will focus on fresh foods and digital technology.

EPA Approves Air Quality Implementation Plans for Pennsylvania
The agency also has issued proposed rules to relax federal volatility requirements in five Louisiana parishes.

Ban on Artificial Trans Fats in Effect
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration officially bans trans fats after they were ruled unsafe to eat three years ago.

Adding Fresh Fruit to Menus
From juices to bowls to smoothies, fresh fruit is appearing on more menus.

Where Have All the Home Cooks Gone?
Meal kits, takeout and drive-thrus are squeezing out grocers and food makers as fewer people cook at home.

Don’t Let Disasters Derail Your Business
This week’s Convenience Matters podcast discusses the important role convenience stores play in emergencies and why preparation is key to weathering any storm.


Jun 19, 2018

Ontario C-Stores Wait for Beer, Wine Sales
Retailers across the province are struggling, and hope that adding wine and beer will boost their bottom line.

Tyson Creates Snack Crisps from Food Waste
One man’s trash is another man’s snack treasure.

Text Recruiting Gives Employers Competitive Edge
Mobile-first strategy can broaden recruiting outreach and cut time to fill open positions.

GasBuddy Recognizes Top Restrooms
Weigel’s was voted cleanest c-store bathroom in Tennessee and fifth-cleanest in the United States.


Jun 18, 2018

Four Food Trends for Summer
Vegan offerings, low-cal ice cream, bold snacks and flavored sparkling waters are in.

Dollar General Gets Fresh With In-store Produce
Dollar store shoppers to find fruits and veggies in 450 stores.

Philadelphia Eyes New Scheduling Law
Law would require retail and fast-food businesses to be more flexible in assigning work shifts to employees.

How to Improve Retail Data Security
Free Conexxus webinar will discuss how data science can be used to more effectively detect security threats.


Jun 15, 2018

Illinois Retailers Protest Bill to Hike Smoking Age
The measure is on its way to the governor, but convenience stores and vape shops say it will allow a black market to flourish.

Indiana C-Stores Roll Out Beer-Cooling Bags
The “Chill Indiana” glacier bags allow customers to put ambient beer in the bag, then fill it with ice to get a cold beer.

Microsoft Tinkers With Cashier-less Technology
The company has been working on ways for customers to bypass checkout lines.

Toyota Looks to Self-driving Convenience Stores
The automobile manufacturer partners with Starbucks and 7-Eleven Japan to bring mobile cafes and c-stores to Japan.

Canadians Still Love Cash
Especially at convenience stores, Canadian consumers prefer paying with dollars and cents.

NACS reFresh Wins ‘Power of A’ Silver Award
The prestigious ASAE award honors organizations with innovative and effective programs.


Jun 14, 2018

Farm Bill Clears Senate Agriculture Committee
With overwhelming bipartisan support from the committee, legislation to reauthorize SNAP advances to the Senate floor.

Texas Grocery Chain to Open Convenience Store
Tom Thumb will launch its first-ever convenience store near downtown Dallas.

KFC Hatching Plan for Vegan Fried Chicken
The home of The Colonel is testing plant-based chicken options for U.K. consumers.

Amazon Expands Delivery and Discounts from Whole Foods
Delivery available in Baltimore, Boston, Philadelphia and Richmond; 10 more states can receive Prime discount.

Coca-Cola Launches Two Alcoholic Drinks
Canned Chu-Hi and Lemon-Do are introduced to Japanese consumers.

The End of the Combustion Engine?
Alternative vehicles might be gaining ground, but don’t expect an EV takeover anytime soon.


Jun 13, 2018

More Businesses Ditch Plastic Straws, Bags
Ikea, Royal Caribbean and SeaWorld are the latest companies to say they will ban plastic bags and straws from their properties.

Innovation That Enables Immediate Consumption
Albert Heijn To GO’s smart shelf technology offers tap, grab and go purchasing.

Will Cargo Supplement Convenience Stores?
Probably not, but the mobile convenience store is just one example of new ways to target drivers and passengers.

Putting Fresh Front and Center
This week’s Convenience Matters podcast showcases what convenience stores can do to sell more fresh produce.


Jun 12, 2018

Why Every C-store Should Monitor Reviews
Do you listen when your customers share online feedback? You should.

A Modern Store
Choice Market brings its customers traditional and healthy c-store staples.

BGF Boosted Stake in Hello Nature
Meanwhile, FamilyMart Uny has partnered with Japanese discounter Don Quijote.

Increase Fresh Food Margins
On-demand webinar helps retailers reap benefits of selling fresh items by weight.


Jun 11, 2018

Senate Committee Unveils Bipartisan Farm Bill
The bill reauthorizes agriculture programs, including SNAP.

Happy Birthday, Self-Serve Gas
An innovation introduced on June 10, 1964, forever changed fueling.

Debunking Conventional Wisdom About Summer Travel
Are we assuming the wrong things about travel between Memorial Day and Labor Day?

Convenience Retailers Honored in London
Carrefour Group, Reitan Convenience Norway win 2018 NACS awards for sustainability and technology.


Jun 8, 2018

New Coalition Launches to Promote Greater Payments Security
NACS, retail trade groups and debit networks join together to ask for input into card payment security and technology standards.

San Francisco Votes to Ban Flavored Tobacco Sales
City supervisors previously had prohibited the sale of flavored tobacco products, which came before city voters on Tuesday.

Gleeson Named European Industry Leader of the Year
President of Aramark Northern Europe shares his insights on the future of convenience retail and his own personal leadership journey.

Exploring Asian and European Retail Trends
Automation, technology and economic sentiment are driving innovation and trends in the Asian and European convenience retail markets.

Starbucks Has More Outlets Than McDonald’s
Analysts speculate that perhaps the coffee chain should slow down expansion plans in the United States.

USDA Releases GMO Webinar
The free, recorded webinar is particularly relevant to retailers with private label products.


Jun 7, 2018

Rutter’s Will Switch to Cage-Free Eggs
Foodservice items anticipated to be 100% cage-free by end of month.

Fresh The Good Food Market Takes Top Honors
Dublin, Ireland, market wins the 2018 NACS International Convenience Retailer of the Year Award.

Retail Case Study: PKN Orlen
Leading Central European convenience and fuel retailer is reinventing fresh foodservice on-the-go.

Why Fuel Quality Matters
This week’s Convenience Matters podcast features expert opinions on octane, engines and fuel quality.


Jun 6, 2018

Insights on Polish and Eastern Europe Consumers
HIM research sheds light on convenience retail trends and opportunities.

EPA Establishes Air Quality Designations
The agency has released additional air quality designations for the 2015 Ozone National Ambient Air Quality Standards.

JAB Gobbles Up Pret A Manger
Earlier this year, the owner of Krispy Kreme and Panera said it would buy Dr Pepper Snapple Group too.

Cumberland Farms Launches Gas Giveaway
Customers can win free gasoline for a year by paying with SmartPay Check-Link all summer long.

Costco Increases Starting Pay Rate
Boost comes from savings due to U.S. federal tax cuts this year.

Using U.S. Census Data
In this NACS webinar, attendees will learn how data from the U.S. Census Bureau can help pick store sites and customize marketing.


Jun 5, 2018

How Polish Consumers Influence Convenience
Insights from Nielsen highlight how small-format retailers in Poland can better deliver a fast and easy shopping experience.

Walmart Rolls Out Personal Shopper Service
New service Jetblack offers same-day delivery for $50/month membership.

Restaurants Cater to Employees
Ping pong, farm field trips and coffee lounges are among the employee perks restaurants are offering workers.

A Good Place to Eat
In the Richmond, Va., area, five gas stations are serving out-of-this-world food.


Jun 4, 2018

Bottled Water No. 1 Beverage in America
The gap continues to widen between soda and bottled water.

NACS Show Registration Is Open
Save now with Early Bird pricing.

Waivers Granted Following Subtropical Storm Alberto
Hours of Service waivers were granted by states in the south and by the federal government.

A Modern Convenience Store
KFSN-TV highlighted some of the healthier changes in corner stores.

Boomers Need Snacks Too
The older generation represents an untapped consumer base for snacks.

Fuels Institute Announces Leadership Changes
Ron Sabia, former president of Gulf Oil, was elected Chairman.


Jun 1, 2018

Atlantic Hurricane Season Likely to Be Rough
Retailers should prepare for the strong possibility of 10 to 16 named storms this year.

Target to Modify Small-Format Stores
The retailer will build three new locations in Seattle, and will tailor the merchandise selection to appeal to local residents.

Robotic Chef Flips 300 Burgers Daily
The one-armed robot has been rehired.

McDonald’s Pilots Breakfast Catering
The fast food chain teamed up with UberEats to deliver bundled morning meals from nearly 200 Florida stores.

Father’s Day Spending to Reach $15.3 Billion
More than three-fourths of Americans will celebrate Dad this month.

Creating a Culture for Women Executives
This week’s Convenience Matters podcast explores how companies can retain and promote females—and why that helps them connect with customers.


May 31, 2018

Connect with a Cause
NACS and the American Red Cross partnership offers retailers an in-store customer donation kit.

Lidl Grocery Delivery Expands to Northern Virginia
Germany-based grocery has partnered with Shipt to offer online grocery delivery services to northern Virginia residents.

Albertsons May Pilot Technology Like Amazon Go
Grocer will start small with meal kits and prepared food, move to touch-and-go gas pumps.

Sharpen Your Leadership Skills
NACS offers four executive education opportunities for convenience store leaders.


May 30, 2018

When Should Consumers Buy Groceries?
Digital coupon company Ibotta gives tips on when to shop.

Mars Wrigley Shares New Products and Best Practices
Confectionary giant develops ideal checkout lane program and design for retailers.

Clean Fuel Vehicles Transforming Michigan Economy
Analysis finds that the clean mobility sector contributes $18.8 billion to Michigan’s economy.

Coca-Cola Rolls Out Upgrades to Its Freestyle Fleet
The company debuted a next-generation Freestyle model, along with other beverage innovations.


May 29, 2018

What’s the No. 1 Road Trip Snack?
A New York Times food writer shares her top 10 list of go-to convenience store snacks.

One Man’s Love of Gas Station Hot Dogs
For editor Jay Bouchard, one bite of a roller dog evokes happy childhood memories.

Graduation Spending to Reach $5.2 Billion
Cash and greeting cards top the list of popular gifts for grads.

Indiana Convenience Store Staffs Trained on Spotting Human Trafficking Victims
NACS partner organization In Our Backyard has trained 500 clerks in the state and 11,000 stores nationwide.


May 25, 2018

Consumer Financial Outlook Off to Slow Start
However, a new IRI Consumer Connect survey finds that the predictions for the rest of the year are more favorable.

Mass EV Adoption Challenges on a Global Scale
Growth of charging points and new vehicle technologies are major hurdles to driving mass electric vehicle adoption.

Coke Announces Healthier Juice Line
Simply Beverages launched Simply Light beverages in four flavors.

South Florida Can Order Beer, Wine Via Amazon Prime Now
The service gives residents access to hundreds of beer and wine products, all delivered within two hours.

Sheetz Courts Workers
As the chain expands, top executives worry about finding the right employees.

Develop Critical Leadership Skills at NACS Women’s Leadership Program
The program, held at the Yale School of Management, will help women hone their strategic and decision making.


May 24, 2018

Navigating Summer Road Trips
A new study provides a glimpse inside cars: What people do, eat and argue about.

Blurring Lines Between Supermarkets, Restaurants
Customers flock to stores with more foodservice.

Vending Machines Flourish in China
Startups of unmanned retail locations have garnered billions from investors.

NACS Reports Reveal Consumer Insights
Three NACS reports cite findings on how gas customers react to prices at the pump and the behaviors of frequent shoppers at convenience stores.


May 23, 2018

McDonald’s Straw Dilemma
The fast-food chain’s shareholders will consider a proposal for the restaurant to come up with plastic straw alternatives.

Utilities and Electric Vehicles
This week’s Convenience Matters podcast looks into a rapid growth in electric vehicle usage.

Behind the Scenes at Wawa
Inc. Magazine examines the family-owned chain’s popularity on the East Coast.

FamilyMart Teams With Airbnb in Japan
The partnership allows hosts to leave keys for store pickup by incoming guests.


May 22, 2018

Supreme Court Endorses Employer Use of Class Waivers
Some say as many as half of all employees are now covered by some version of a mandatory arbitration clause.

McDonald’s Revamping Nutritional Standards for Happy Meals
McDonald’s has removed cheeseburgers and reduced French fry servings in children’s offerings.

World Health Organization Seeks to Eradicate Artificial Trans Fats by 2023
The new initiative is the first time WHO will support countries in eliminating a chronic disease.

Effort to Undercut Plastic Bag Ban on Halt in South Carolina Legislature
The anti-bag legislation is on pause, but industry supporters are still hoping for a victory next session.

Gig Economy Infiltrating Retail and Restaurant Industries
Companies turning to on-demand work for staffing needs.


May 21, 2018

Farm Bill Fails on House Floor
Sweeping legislation to reauthorize SNAP fails to pass the House on a party-line vote.

Parker’s Donates $22,000 to Savannah-Chatham County Public Schools
The donation, part of the chain’s Fueling the Community initiative, goes to support students, teachers and administrators.

Kraft Heinz Selects First Springboard Brands
New venture Springboard focuses on nurturing innovative small brands that are shaping the future of food.

More Spice Hits the Candy Aisle
Millennials and Gen Z are driving the demand for more spicy candy.

Oregon Lottery Trains Retailers
The training covered how retailers can help players gamble responsibly.

GasBuddy Reveals Top-Rated Restrooms
QuikTrip and Wawa hold the top spot in most states.


May 18, 2018

Higher Gas Prices Won’t Curtail Summer Travel
But higher prices might affect discretionary spending.

Nearly 42 Million Americans Will Kick Off Summer With Memorial Day Getaway
Analytics predict travel delays could be up to three times longer than normal over the holiday weekend.

Convenience Retail Industry Plays Key Role in Disaster Readiness Test
In early May, Miller Oil Company participated in FEMA’s National Level Exercise 2018 to test disaster preparedness.

Learning to Lead
The NACS Executive Leadership Program at Cornell will give individuals preparing to take on key leadership roles the tools to succeed.

Why Categories Matter
The CEO of Impact 21 recently shared with Convenience Corner how to develop an effective balance between retailers and suppliers in category management.

Hershey Releases ‘Shopper's World' Retail Report
Company outlines ‘total commerce' approach that blends digital and physical elements to enhance retail experience.


May 17, 2018

Three Insights on Frequent C-Store Customers
NACS Consumer Fuels Surveys reveal several key insights on the shopping behavior of c-store loyalists.

Customer Loyalty, Marketing Position Circle K Hong Kong for Strong Future
Profits have grown over the past 12 months as well.

Employers Should Share All Background Check Reports Before Revoking Job Offers
Case study shows that a job offer contingency won’t always spare an employer from the burden of a jury trial.

Nestle Heats Up Frozen Food Offerings
Millennial households are buying more frozen food. Can Nestle keep up with the demand?


May 16, 2018

Amazon Go Comes to Chicago, San Francisco
In January, the cashier-less convenience store opened its prototype store in Seattle.

A Heart Connection
This week’s Convenience Matters podcast gives listeners a behind-the-scenes look at how Pilot Flying J partnered with the American Heart Association.

Minneapolis City Council to Vote on Raising Tobacco Buying Age
If approved, the ordinance would take effect this fall.

Take Your Brand to the Next Level
Learn how to identify growth potential, optimize customer experience and influence customer choices at the NACS Marketing Leadership Program.


May 15, 2018

Fast-Food Restaurants Keeping Up With the Delivery Revolution
Consumer demand is putting a strain on fast-food chains to require delivery.

Retailers in Northern Kentucky No Longer Required to Sell Reformulated Gasoline
EPA approves Kentucky’s petition to opt-out of federal RFG program.

The Most Exciting Event of the Year
The NACS European Convenience Retail Awards will recognize outstanding achievements in the European retail community.

Aloha Petroleum Earns Design Award
Innovative design project converts old warehouses into new commercial development.


May 14, 2018

Non-Alcoholic Beverage Sales Grow More Than $2 Billion
Carbonated soft drinks and bottled water helped drive a boost in industry retail value.

Nestle Strikes Deal to Sell Starbucks Coffee
Nestle will pay Starbucks $7.15 billion to market, sell and distribute coffee.

Oreo-Maker Mondelez International to Acquire Tate’s Bake Shop
The $500 million deal gives Mondelez an entry point into the fast-growing premium cookie segment.

2018 Share a Coke Campaign Focuses on Shared Experiences
Fifth annual summer campaign taps into meaning behind shared memories.


May 11, 2018

Gain a Competitive Edge at the NACS Financial Leadership Program
Held at The Wharton School, this intense program challenges attendees to expand their financial insights.

NYPD Unveils ‘Skim Reaper’ to Combat Credit Card Skimmers
The police department is testing the gadget since February.

Unemployment Rate Drops Below 4%
With a tight job market, high-turnover industries like restaurants and convenience stores might find it harder to fill vacancies.

7-Eleven Tests First Ever Self-Chilling Canned Beverage
The chain launches New Fizzics Sparkling Cold Brew Coffee in a self-chilling can.

Houston Companies Drive in Dollars for Texas Children’s Hospital
The Musket Corporation and Trillium’s annual golf tournament raised $290,000 for area kids.

Whole Foods Market to Join Blink’s Nationwide Charging Station Network
The upscale grocery chain will install Blink Charging electric vehicle chargers at new locations.


May 10, 2018

Court Rules that Retailer SNAP Redemption Data Should be Released
Under FOIA, certain data may be protected from disclosure if it relates to confidential information.

How Convenience Retailers Can Combat Human Trafficking
Public restrooms are one of the few places where victims obtain privacy from their handlers.

Summit Brings Together ‘Disruptors’ to Explore Tomorrow’s Convenience
NACS Convenience Summit Europe includes world-class content delivered live from the stage by top convenience retailers and disruptors.

How Consumers React to Gas Prices
With nearly 40 million Americans filling up their vehicles every day, their reaction to gas prices has a profound impact on convenience stores.

Convenience Stores Recognized for Hurricane Outreach
NACS public relations campaign following the 2017 hurricanes earns prestigious Stevie Award.

Rising Oil Prices Troubles Retailers
As the cost of crude inches up, the average price of gas soars toward $3 per gallon.


May 9, 2018

Can You Predict the Fuels Market?
This week’s Convenience Matters podcast discusses how retailers can weather the ups and downs of the volatile fuels market.

Pizza Hut Tests Beer Delivery in Arizona, California
The chain expanded its pilot program to close to 100 restaurants.

Data Finds California Has the Most Aggressive Drivers
GasBuddy data reveals where most aggressive driving habits take place.

(Anti) Super Hero Landing at 7-Eleven Stores
7-Eleven Launches First In-Store AR Experiences with ‘Deadpool 2’ movie promotion.

Pilot Flying J Treats Moms to Free Coffee
The travel center and convenience store chain is giving away free cups of Pilot Coffee May 11 to 13.

Tainted Enhancement Products Warning
The FDA has issued numerous notices about “sexual enhancers” products with potentially dangerous ingredients.


May 8, 2018

Severe Shortage of Truckers Triggers Delivery Delays
With not enough drivers to deliver goods, prices have started to inch up too.

FDA Releases Additional Guidance on Menu Labeling
The guidance, in question and answer format, clarifies some parts of the rule.

Fast-Food Chains Refocus on Value
Jack in the Box, McDonald’s and Taco Bell have new offerings on their value menus.

Where Have All the Teenager Workers Gone?
QSRs are scrambling to find cheap labor as fewer teenagers want a part-time job.

Giving Back Boosts the Bottom Line
Small businesses that support social causes find that can translate into more revenue.

C-Store Foodservice Drives In-Store Growth
NACS State of the Industry Summit data reveals that foodservice sales accounted for 22.5% of in-store sales​ in 2017.


May 7, 2018

Menu Labeling Rule Goes In Effect Today
Retailers that share a name with at least 19 other stores must begin labeling the caloric content of any prepared foods.

USDA Drafts Proposal on GMOs
The agency exchanges the term “genetically modified” with “bioengineered,” and allows companies to pick how to disclose ingredients.

It’s Time to Get Serious About Technology
Vish Ganapathy of Accenture shares insights on why convenience retailers must use technology to change their business models.

New York Revisits Higher Smoking Age
State lawmakers will press for raising the tobacco buying age to 21 statewide.

Mother’s Day Spending to Reach $23.1 Billion
Eighty-six percent of Americans will celebrate the holiday honoring mom.

Parents, Millennials Prefer Organics, Meal Kits
The new shopper survey found that “the path to purchase for grocery items is no longer a static and ritual journey.”


May 4, 2018

Touring Innovative European Stores
At the NACS Convenience Summit Europe, attendees will tour forward-thinking stores.

Ohio Approves Accelerated Electric Charging Infrastructure
Regulators added a $9.5 million rebate program for installation of 375 charging stations.

Kroger Closes Convenience Store Sale for $2 Billion
UK-based EG Group finalizes acquisition of 762 c-stores in 18 states.

Hershey Cuts Candy Varieties
Chocolate giant looking for alternatives as trucking shortages and cocoa prices cause financial obstacles.

Marathon Petroleum Purchases Rival Andeavor
The acquisition creates the largest U.S. refiner.

Burger King, Popeyes Pilot Delivery
The fast-food chains are testing delivery at hundreds of restaurants with encouraging early results.


May 3, 2018

NACS Joins with Leading Health Organizations and Beverage Group
The combined mission is to reduce sugar and calories consumed from beverages purchased at convenience stores.

ADA Lawsuit Dismissed for Lack of Standing
The decision is significant because it could limit the number of ADA lawsuits against businesses.

Maverik Joins Partnership for a Healthier America
Retailer aims to promote healthier food choices with new partnership.

What Goes Into a Gallon of Gas
No matter who owns the station, gas prices are ultimately determined by four sets of costs: crude oil, taxes, refining costs and distribution and marketing.

New York Governor Proposes Plastic Bag Ban
Gov. Andrew Cuomo introduced legislation for a statewide ban by 2019.

Circle K Introduces Fuel With Miles at Over 20 Florida Locations
The move to Circle K fuel is part of successful global re-branding campaign.


May 2, 2018

Leverage Your Brand Ambassadors
This week’s Convenience Matters podcast shows why investing in your employees pays dividends.

Amazon Will Deliver to Your Car Trunk
The world’s largest online retailer is partnering with GM and Volvo to offer in-car delivery services.

Sell Beer in Utah? You Need a License
New Utah law requires every grocery and convenience store to hold a liquor license if beer is sold.

First Fast-Food Union Takes Shape in Oregon
Burgerville Workers Union is first federally recognized fast-food workers union in the U.S.

Walgreens Tests Lower SKU Counts and Prices
Select Florida stores simplifying store layout and offering new subscription program.

Beyond Immigration Paperwork
Today, retailers have to verify worker identity and work authorization, in addition to having their employee paperwork in order.


May 1, 2018

Problem Solving Today's Challenges With Creativity
How a hippie guitarist from Steely Dan and the Doobie Brothers gained a top-secret security clearance through unconventional thinking.

Google Is Using Fast Food Restaurants When Giving Directions
You may start hearing “Turn left after the McDonald’s” instead of street names.​

Coke Zero Sugar Catches On
The brand has experienced double-digit growth.​

Fuel Sales Increased Nearly 15% in 2017
NACS State of the Industry Summit data reveals that overall c-store sales surged to more than $600 billion, led by a 14.9% increase in fuel sales.

Retailers, Distributors Commit to PHA
Eight convenience store chains and five distribution companies are bringing healthier choices to consumers across the United States.

New York City Bill to Require Anti-Harassment Training
Businesses with 15 or more employees could be required to conduct training.


Apr 30, 2018

Learning About Leadership
NACS offers four executive education opportunities for convenience store leaders.

An Expected 80,000 Retail Stores to Close by 2025
That’s the equivalent to seven Toys ‘R’ Us chains.

San Antonio’s Higher Tobacco Buying Age Will Take Effect Oct. 1
Meanwhile, Worcester became the latest Massachusetts city to restrict the sale of flavored tobacco products.

Former Necco CEO Launches Kickstarter
Now, anyone can help #SaveNecco.

Volkswagen Announces Expansion of Fast-Charging Network
Electrify America will partner with an additional 100-plus retailers and convenience stores to add DC fast charging stations.

Ace Hardware and Giant Eagle Grocery to Partner
Coming to Pennsylvania: Lawn mowers next to produce.


Apr 27, 2018

Staying Relevant in Today’s Changing Fuels Market
Come to FUELS2018 to find out how your company can continue to meet the needs of tomorrow’s customers.

Tennessee Passes Legislation for Sunday Liquor Sales
Governor set to sign bill to allow wine and liquor sales on Sundays and select holidays.

What HR Challenges Is the Industry Facing?
The senior vice president of human resources for Casey’s General Stores provides her insights into this question in a Convenience Corner interview.

Walmart and Postmates Team Up for Grocery Delivery
Retailer can now reach 40% of U.S. food shoppers with delivery service.

Domino’s Debuts Outdoor Pizza Delivery Service
Get your pizza delivered to parks, beaches and landmarks.

Convenience Retailers Impact Healthy Choices Movement
Since 2014, NACS members have engaged with the Partnership for a Healthier America to drive change and innovation with healthy options.


Apr 26, 2018

FDA Targets Youth Tobacco Sale Violations
The agency released new enforcement actions and a Youth Tobacco Prevention plan to stop minor use of, and access to, e-cigarettes.

What Consumers Think About Gas Prices
New NACS report reveals insights on consumer perceptions related to gas prices and the economy overall.

Private Labels Are Outpacing National Brands
In-house branded products are experiencing a “complete reversal in growth trajectory.”

What’s New in the Confectionary World
Hershey, Mars and Bazooka release new products.

The Global Chocolate Market Is Growing
The chocolate confectionary market may reach $145.5 billion by 2025.

Chevrolet, Shell Deliver Fuel Payment From Comfort of Driver’s Seat
The companies have teamed up to roll out the automotive industry’s first embedded, in-dash fuel payment and savings experience.


Apr 25, 2018

Consumers Anticipate Gas Prices Will Rise
Despite the expected increase, Americans remain optimistic about the overall economy.

Keeping Your Store Beautiful
This week’s Convenience Matters tells retailers the importance of offering customers ways to recycle and reduce litter.

Making Sense of Menu Labeling
Join NACS for a free webinar on Thursday, April 26, on how to comply with the new federal menu labeling regulations.

Is the Time of Oil Over?
Experts say the fuel has a future, but that it’s changing slowly.

Coke Refreshes Fresca
The soft drink maker wants to rejuvenate the 50-year-old brand.

Is a ‘Junk Food’ Tax in Our Future?
Researchers determine if the U.S. could realistically implement a junk food tax to help fight obesity.


Apr 24, 2018

Sheetz Plans to Add 2,500 Jobs
Convenience store plans to fill jobs throughout its 568 locations.

Labor Is a Hot Industry Issue
NACS State of the Industry Summit data revealed key insights into what the industry must do to attract and grow their workforce.

Convenience Stores Anticipate Strong Summer Travel Sales
Retailers say growth of food, beverage and healthier snacking options will lead to stronger sales.

NACS Launches Donation Kit to Support the American Red Cross
The program is designed to help convenience store companies and their customers connect with a nationwide cause.

GetGo Partners with Grubhub
Giant Eagle’s convenience store chain is dabbling in delivery of its meal options.

Starbucks Prepares for Racial-Bias Training
A recent incident in a Philadelphia store is prompting the company to educate employees.


Apr 23, 2018

Starbucks Debuts Cold Foam
The coffeehouse chain now has a solution that aerates skim milk for a frothy topping for cold or iced drinks.

Gulf Oil Kicks Off Summer-Long Partnership With Live Nation
Gulf will reach millions of concertgoers this summer.

IRI Announces Successful CPG Brands of 2017
Top brands in convenience stores demonstrate the power behind consumers’ quests for indulgent, on-the-go experiences.

To Save Lives, Retailer Stocks Narcan Kits
An Atlantic City convenience store owner received training on how to administer naloxone.

Japanese Retailers Shift Focus to Healthy Options
In Japan, convenience stores now stock foods with fewer additives and more veggies.

PepsiCo Incorporates More Technology in Supply Chain
The company has embraced digital initiatives to make distribution seamless.


Apr 20, 2018

Wawa Claims Top Spot as America’s Favorite Sandwich Shop
An annual survey found the chain jumped four places to grab the No. 1 spot for sandwiches.

California Assemblyman Pulls State Combustion-Engine Ban Proposal
The most ambitious proposal for a statewide transition to electric vehicles has been tabled for now.

Coke Signs With Cargo to Capture Rideshare Commerce
The soft drink company will offer Glaceau Smartwater in Lyft and Uber cars in Atlanta.

Automakers Testify to Make 95 Octane the New Standard
The U.S. auto industry has begun a push to replace the 87 octane as the default “regular” gasoline.


Apr 19, 2018

Kroger Introduces New Education Program
Company’s new long-term employee investments follow enactment of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act.

Coffee Industry Fights California Cancer Warning
Ruling says that coffee is not exempt from Prop 65 and therefore must carry a cancer warning.

Aramark, Chef Jamie Oliver Announce Exclusive Partnership
Companies will work together to encourage a nutritional revolution across the U.K. and Ireland.

7-Eleven Honors Public Servants
Company delivered 5,000 pizzas and 15,000 donuts to police, emergency rooms and post offices.


Apr 18, 2018

More Restaurants Ditch Cash
Only credit or debit cards and other payment forms are accepted at a growing number of eateries.

EIA Says Gas Prices Could Jump 14%
The U.S. Energy Information Administration expects the average cost for a gallon of unleaded gasoline to reach $2.74, 33 cents higher than last year.

Change Comes Slowly to Fuels Market
This week’s Convenience Matters podcast dives into how the vehicles and fuels market will evolve.

Farm Bill Introduced in the House
The Agriculture Committee considers legislation today that will reauthorize SNAP and other USDA programs.

Maryland Planning Statewide Electric Vehicle Charging Network
NACS submits letter in response to Maryland’s plan.

Oklahoma Issues Waivers Due to Drought and Wildfires
The 30-day waiver is in response to severe drought conditions and wildfire.


Apr 17, 2018

C-Stores Keep Drivers Fueled
New NACS infographic highlights where consumers fuel up and how often.

Renewable Fuel Standard and Octane Fuels Discussed at Hill Hearing
NACS counsel testified in a subcommittee hearing on the RFS and octane.

Complying with Menu Labeling Regulations
Missed last week’s webinar? Check it out online.

NACS In Store Kicks Off 2018 Events
In March, five grassroots government relations events were held across the Midwest and South.


Apr 16, 2018

A Dash of Amazon AI Insight
SwiftIQ CEO breaks down insight automation, artificial intelligence trends for c-store retailers.

5 Takeaways on the Fuel Outlook
OPIS’ Kloza expects a temperate short-term outlook for fuel and oil.

Frozen Food Heats Up
Americans are thawing in their reservations about consuming frozen foods.

QSRs Rethink Design
From Taco Bell to McDonald’s, fast-food chains are tinkering with store designs in an attempt to connect more with customers.


Apr 13, 2018

SOI: 5 Great Ideas
Industry leaders were encouraged to be prepared for anything and think big.

8 Trends That Matter for C-Stores
SOI speaker Todd Hale highlights what convenience retailers should be tracking and trying in 2018, and why.

Iowa Governor Signs Anti-Skimming Law
The new regulation aims to combat skimming devices at fuel pumps.

Madison Approves Security Cameras at Convenience Stores
The new ordinance requires all retailers to install cameras with views of specific areas.

Is Sour the New Sweet?
Consumers are gobbling up sour foods and beverages.

Gas Station Revives Retro Service to Allay Fears
In Atlanta, a retailer is offering gas “valets” to combat a rash of “slider” crimes.


Apr 12, 2018

Convenience Store Sales, Profits Edged Higher in 2017
The industry numbers are being announced during this week’s NACS State of the Industry Summit.

NACS State of the Industry Data Previewed at SOI Summit
In-depth infographic breaks down industry and fuel sales, as well as gas prices.

Impact 21’s President Lisa Stewart to be Inducted to the Conexxus Hall of Fame
During the Conexxus Annual Conference later this month, Stewart will be honored for many years of commitment to industry standards and process improvements.

Walmart Releasing 500 Additional Pickup Towers
Positive feedback shows “giant vending machines” offer convenience for online shoppers.

Instacart Closes $350 million Series E Financing
Funding will help grocery delivery startup to accelerate growth and support U.S. expansion.

Expanded Version of Cool New Products Launched at State of the Industry Summit
Nearly 100 new products were on display for retailers to scan this week in Chicago.


Apr 11, 2018

A Healthy Store
This week’s Convenience Matters podcast talks about how convenience stores help their customers make healthier choices.

Food Stamp Overhaul Worries Retailers
Changes to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program could impact food retailers.

M&M’S Brings Back Flavor Vote
Beginning this month, fans can purchase three new flavors and cast votes daily for their favorite.

Target Pilots New Rewards Program
This loyalty program isn’t connected to the company’s Redcard store credit card.


Apr 10, 2018

Walmart, Target Kill Card Signatures
Retailers say they will stop the “worthless practice” of requiring customer signatures for card purchases.

April Is National Volunteer Month
Convenience stores can coordinate efforts to help volunteers in their communities.

Bud Light Introduces Two New Brews
Brewer adds Bud Light Orange and Bud Light Lime to its citrus portfolio.

Wawa Celebrates 54 Years With Free Coffee
Convenience retailer celebrates its founding and The Wawa Foundation achieves its goal of donating $50 million.


Apr 9, 2018

Eco-Friendly Packaging a Top Expectation from Consumers
National study found that recyclable cartons are important to food and beverage shoppers.

Sonic Continues Testing of Mobile App Order-Ahead Platform
Fast food company launches full-market test to add convenience for customers.

Coca-Cola Debuts IoT-Connected Vending Machines
New “intelligent” coolers will transform the customer experience and drive business analytics.

Dunkin’ Donuts Tests Snacks in Boston
Donut fries, waffle-breaded chicken tenders and gluten-free brownies are on a $2 snacking menu.


Apr 6, 2018

Apps, Loyalty Programs Keep Gas Prices Low
With the summer driving season around the corner, a plethora of apps and loyalty cards can help consumers save at the pump.

Kroger Adds Second Location to Kitchen 1883 Restaurant
The standalone business opened its first unit in Union, Kentucky, in November.

Judge Rules Topeka’s Tobacco Buying Law Violates Kansas Constitution
Retailers had brought the suit against the municipality’s Tobacco 21 ordinance.

Credit Card Companies Ditch the Signature
This month, all major credit card firms will no longer require a signature for purchases made with chip cards.


Apr 5, 2018

3 Takeaways from a Visit to Amazon Go
Convenience stores can learn more from the new concept than just no checkouts or lines.

Consumers Love Refrigerated Soup
The “fresh food” movement proves to be a big success for groceries—and an opportunity for c-stores.

Whole Foods Stores with Amazon Lockers See Rise in Shoppers
The grocer finds Amazon.com locker users are shopping for 3-5 minutes.

New Price-Intelligence Technology Designed Specifically for C-Stores
Retail machine-learning company creates customized solutions to optimize customer experience.


Apr 4, 2018

Will Electric Cars Harm the Beverage Industry?
Fewer drivers filling up at gas stations could trigger less impulse sales inside convenience stores.

A Global Look at Fuel Matters
This week’s Convenience Matters podcast considers fuel and vehicles initiatives across the world.

EPA Issues Notice Withdrawing Current Fuel Efficiency Standards Not Appropriate
The agency will re-evaluate “outdated” greenhouse gas emissions standards for model year 2022 to 2025 for light-duty vehicles.

Illinois Governor Eschews Raising Gas Tax
The state’s roads need upgrading, but the governor’s plan doesn’t include an increase in fuel taxes.

A Hybrid Station of a Different Sort
A California gas station straddles a public-private line with an oil company operating the pumps but the city owning the property.

Sears’ Shop Your Way, GasBuddy Partner To Offer Drivers Gas Savings
The program will help Shop Your Way members earn more cashback in points on every gallon at almost every station nationwide.


Apr 3, 2018

FDA Is Exploring What ‘Healthy’ Means
Agency believes use of the word in respect to food is ripe for change.

Fuel Transition Season Begins
NACS resource helps explain why gasoline prices historically increase in the spring.

Free NACS Webinar Will Help You Comply with Menu Labeling
Federal menu labeling regulations go into effect May 7.

FamilyMart Introduces New Concept Store
New store marks the retailer’s efforts to transform into a next-generation convenience store chain.

Little Caesar’s Deploys Mobile Pickup Station
Pizza Portal self-serve station allows customers to skip the line and pick up their orders.

Stripes Stores Releases Limited-Edition Selena Collectible Cups
A portion of the cup sales will benefit the Selena Foundation.


Apr 2, 2018

Senators Block ADA Changes
The House approved legislation that would prohibit disabled individuals from filing legal action against businesses without prior written legal notice.

Debate on Fuel-Efficiency Targets Continues
The EPA will announce soon its conclusion that automobile manufacturers can’t meet current fuel-efficiency guidelines.

California Judge Decides Coffee Must Have Cancer Warning
In the Golden State, any coffee must have a cancer warning label because brewing the beverage produces a carcinogen.

Waze Launches Ads in Three Formats
The navigation app is targeting small and midsized businesses.

New Scientific Games Lottery Retail Innovation Debuts
7-Eleven participates in the pilot program at stores in eight states.

Red Bull Debuts Organics Soda Line
The premium line of soda boasts ingredients from natural sources


Mar 30, 2018

Generation Z Keeps it Real at the Grocery Store
This generation has a higher rate of consuming organic foods and beverages than any other group.

Nestlé Slims Down Milkybar Chocolates
The new version will hit the shelves in the United Kingdom and Ireland next week.

Central and Southern States Have Most Fast-Food Restaurants
New data looks at highest concentration of fast-food restaurants in regions, states and cities.

Natural Gas and Coal Generation Fell in 2017
Energy Information Administration reports natural gas is still the biggest fuel source despite growth in renewable energy generation.

Jack in the Box Teams with Postmates For Delivery
The burger chain is the latest to jump on the delivery bandwagon.

United States Still Tops Bottled Water Consumption List
Bottled water remains one of the strongest performing sectors of the global non-alcoholic drinks market.


Mar 29, 2018

International Innovators Lead NACS Convenience Summit Europe
Register before March 31 to save up to 25% on the event, including progressive store tours.

Conexxus Annual Conference Adds AI and Blockchain Sessions, Among Other Hot Topics
Early registration for the must-attend industry technology event ends April 13.

Fuel Delivery Service Launches in Las Vegas
Fuel Truck alleviates the pain of pumping gas by bringing it to you.

Lending a Helping Hand
This week’s Convenience Matters podcast shares how retailers can work with the American Red Cross.


Mar 28, 2018

Digging Into Data
Attend the NACS State of the Industry Summit on April 10-12 in Chicago for insights and information about the convenience industry.

NACS Opposes Renewable Identification Numbers Settlement Agreement
The association, joined by NATSO and SIGMA, sent a letter outlining its concerns to the U.S. Department of Justice.

Lottery Luck Happens at Rutter’s
The convenience retailer has awarded millions in lottery cash prices to customers.

Will Online Grocery Delivery Finally Catch On?
Most Americans love convenience, which means that grocery delivery might just be around to stay.

Louisiana Lawmaker Presses for State Motor Fuel Tax
The representative wants to allow localities to enact their own gasoline or diesel tax.

Funmaii to Launch Cashless C-Stores
Malaysian company will unveil self-checkout convenience stores across Southeast Asia.


Mar 27, 2018

2018 Fuel Retailing Could Get Interesting
NACS Consumer Fuels Survey identifies four weak signals to monitor, before they become big challenges.

FDA Begins Process to Regulate Tobacco Flavors, Premium Cigars
The agency is asking stakeholders to comment on premium cigar usage and its impact on public health.

Retailers Can Participate in Business Resilience Program Test
The pilot test will help convenience retailers determine their hurricane and natural disaster readiness.

PR Community Recognizes NACS Social Media Campaign
#ConvenienceCares highlighted the industry’s positive role during the 2017 hurricanes.


Mar 26, 2018

Brand Reputation and a Visit to Buc-ee’s
With a holistic approach to the customer experience, a c-store can excel.

Fuel Discounts Strengthen Customer Loyalty
Study finds that as fuel loyalty program growth rises, so do preferences toward direct savings on gasoline.

Taco Bell to Launch Sauce-Flavored Chips
The trio of tortilla chips will be available at convenience stores starting in May.

Online Grocery Sales to Reach $100 Billion by 2022
That will be the equivalent to every U.S. household spending $850 online annually.

New Tech Causing Record-High Turnover at Fast Food Restaurants
The fast food industry is seeing turnover rates of nearly 150%.

Experts Call Britain’s Soda Tax a Success
Two weeks before it officially takes effect, the graduated levy has made some soda makers cut sugar in their drinks.


Mar 23, 2018

Easter Spending Expected to Crest at $18 Billion
That makes this year’s holiday the second highest in the National Retail Federation survey’s history.

Conexxus Webinar Discusses Penetration Testing
Learn about penetration testing and how to protect yourself against data breaches.

Dunkin’ Donuts Tests Catering Service
The coffeehouse hopes the added convenience of having donuts and coffee at business and consumer events will increase revenue.

D.C. Circuit Rules in Favor of the Center for Tobacco Products
The CTP now may charge retailers with more than one regulatory violation during a single inspection.

Henny Penny to Feed 34,000 With Meal Madness
The company will work with the Foodbank of Dayton to distribute the meals to Ohio families.

Lighter Enjoyment Key to Beverage Innovation
Currently, health and wellness dominate the beverage category as customers demand clean and clear drinks.


Mar 22, 2018

Denny’s Teams up With Amazon Alexa
Now guests can place an order for Denny’s with Alexa.

Rhode Island Introduces Bill to Raise Tobacco Buying Age to 21
Several cities in the state already have a higher smoking age.

Arizona Law Prohibits Localities From Adding Tax on Sugary Foods, Drinks
The new law aims to avoid having cities and counties enact separate ordinances.

McDonald’s Sets Target to Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions
The company expects to prevent 150 million metric tons of emissions by 2030.


Mar 21, 2018

The American Love Affair With Coffee Continues
The number of U.S. residents downing a daily cup of joe reached its highest level in six years.

What Does Today’s Car Customer Really Want?
This week’s Convenience Matters podcast examines consumer purchasing trends.

The Convenience Industry Storms Capitol Hill—No Pun Intended
Despite today’s winter storm warning in Washington, D.C., NACS Government Relations Conference attendees are headed to their Hill meetings.

U.K. Shops See Rise in Shoplifting
The Association of Convenience Stores calls on the government and police for more assistance in stopping the thefts.


Mar 20, 2018

Mobile Offers Continue to Increase Sales in Convenience Industry
Koupon Media reports that mobile offers drove 155 million store trips in 2017.

NACS Signs Aggregation under 199A Letter
The letter asks the U.S. Treasury and IRS to permit pass-throughs to aggregate business entities when claiming the new 20% tax deduction.

Amazon Go Garners Repeat Customers
Data shows that those who shop at the brick-and-mortar store keep coming back.

Waivers Issued Due to Winter Weather in the West
FMCSA Declares State of Emergency for Arizona, California and Nevada.


Mar 19, 2018

Mega Millions, Powerball Hit Combined $800 Million Jackpot
Once again, the multistate lottery games have climbed into the millions.

NACS Announces Asian Convenience Retailer Leader of the Year
Richard Yeung of Circle K Convenience Stores accepted the coveted international award.

Dollar General Adds Fresh Produce in 450 Stores
The discount retailer also plans to build 900 new units this year.

Starbucks Building Innovation Center
The coffeehouse chain will allow employees to try out new technology and other ideas in the space.

Pilot Flying J announces $981,000 donation to American Heart Association
The network of travel centers helped raise the funds in honor of February’s American Heart Month.

Blue Apron Turns to Supermarkets
The mail-order company wants to start selling its meal kits in grocery stores to boost sagging direct sales.


Mar 16, 2018

Philly Soda Tax Creates Black Market for Sugared Drinks
The tax on sugared drinks has triggered the sale of contraband soft drinks.

FDA Initiates Long-term Process Aimed at Lowering Nicotine in Tobacco
The Food and Drug Administration has released a notice to lower nicotine levels in tobacco.

The Ethics of Snacking
Millennials expect their snacks and grab-and-go foods to have no “negative” consequences.

Minnesota Considers Higher Smoking Age
The state already has five cities with a minimum tobacco buying age of 21.

Liquor Industry Supports Automatic Cars
Both the alcohol wholesalers and large producers are behind getting self-driving vehicles on the roads.

Canadian Urban Grocers Shrink Footprints
Consumer demand for convenience is part of the force behind the change.


Mar 15, 2018

Help Develop Tomorrow’s Industry Leaders
The NACS Scholarship Program helps convenience and fuel retailers retain, reward and develop the next generation of industry innovators.

New Tech Stresses Out Employees
At McDonald’s, new innovations could lead to more employee turnover for an industry that already has a 150% turnover rate.

Hershey, GoPuff Create Virtual Shopping Experience
Companies explore what the future of shopping could look like.

Dunkin’ Donuts Integrates Mobile Ordering With Google Assistant
Rewards members can use the Google Assistant to place a mobile order and bypass the line for pick-up.

Walmart Expands Grocery Delivery
Online grocery delivery will reach more than 40% of U.S. households by the end of this year.

Retail Apocalypse ‘Far From Reality’
Deloitte research suggests that brick-and-mortar retail is not on or even near its deathbed.


Mar 14, 2018

Partnering to Solve Childhood Hunger
This week’s Convenience Matters podcast shares how convenience stores can have a role in helping to feed hungry kids.

American Express Trims Discount Rates
The financial firm wants more retailers to accept payment with its cards.

Judge Orders EPA to Issue Ozone Area Designations
The agency had missed an October deadline but now has until April 30 to declare which areas do or do not meet the 2015 ozone standard.

Tri Star Energy, Twice Daily Stores Select GreenPrint to Reduce Pump Emissions
The companies have partnered to launch the Thrive program.

Amazon Accepts Bids for Small Business Credit Card
The online retailer wants a co-branded card as part of its strategy to supply small retailers and businesses.

7-Eleven Launches Million Points Giveaway
Seven winners will receive one million 7Rewards points redeemable for in-store merchandise.


Mar 13, 2018

NACS Responds to Contentious SNAP Proposals
The Bipartisan Policy Center’s proposals would hurt families that rely on the program to buy food.

Family First at Dollar General
Retailer announces paid parental leave and adoption benefits.

State of Virginia Issues Waivers Due to Winter Storms
Waiver includes hours of service and registration and licensing requirements.

ZICO Unveils Category-Crossing Innovations
New products support Coca-Cola’s ambition to become a total beverage company by offering more drinks for consumers’ evolving needs.

Flippy the Robot Got Fired
Burger-flipping robot was turned off for not being able to keep up with demand.


Mar 12, 2018

FDA Compliance Materials May Put Retailers at Risk
Although the FDA says the minimum age to sell tobacco and vaping products is 18, it may be different for certain states.

Dirty Bathrooms: What Nightmares Are Made Of
Survey suggests that consumers will spend more at establishments that focus on restroom cleanliness.

PayPal CEO Says Checkout Is ‘Vestigial Organ of Yesterday’
Dan Schulman says mobile will erase the boundaries between in-store and ecommerce.

Tri Star Energy Opens Coffee Shops
Some Middle Tennessee Twice Daily convenience stores are integrating White Bison Coffee shops.

Home Depot Commits to Filling the Skilled Labor Gap
Last year the retailer launched a pilot trades training program for separating military members.

7-Eleven Brings Hot Tots to Menu
Customizable tater tots are the latest addition to the convenience retailer’s hot prepared food offer.


Mar 9, 2018

House and Senate Committees Hold Hearings on Infrastructure
Long term funding options for our nation’s highways, bridges and roads was explored.

Kansas City Convenience Stores Partner With Nonprofit for Fresh Produce
Kanbe’s Markets is helping retailers provide fresh fruits and vegetables to customers.

Arizona Has Shared the Road With Uber’s Self-driving Trucks
The ride-hailing company started the pilot program last November in Volvo trucks driven by robots, with a human backup driver on board.

Corona Rolls Out Light Beer
Corona Premier is the brand’s first new beverage in nearly three decades.

M&M’s Debuts Three Flavors
Fans can vote on Crunchy Espresso, Crunchy Raspberry, and Crunchy Mint as the next crunchy flavor.

Japan to Open 80 Hydrogen Fueling Stations by 2022
An alliance of nearly a dozen Japanese companies will work together on the stations.


Mar 8, 2018

Coca-Cola Experiments with First Alcohol Product
Canned chu-hai drinks in Japan are sold in convenience stores and vending machines.

House Committee Considers Data Security Legislation
NACS raises concerns over subcommittee proposal.

New York Retailers Fight Rest Area Commercialization
Gov. Cuomo’s budget proposes a rest area commercialization program that NYACS deems “a wolf in sheep’s clothing.”

Parker’s Expands Foodservice Offer
The convenience store chain is focused on fresh, Southern-inspired comfort food.

BP, United Airlines Introduce Joint Reward Program
Consumers can earn and use United MileagePlus award miles at BP locations.

7-Eleven Launches ‘W.E. Take the Lead’ Contest
The contest is open to women who are interested in becoming an independent business owner.


Mar 7, 2018

With Labor Issues, Innovate—Don’t Invent
At the NACS Human Resources Forum in Texas this week, HR professionals from across the country are sharing their best labor practices.

McDonald’s Swaps Frozen for Fresh Beef Patties
For its Quarter Pounder, the fast-food chain will now use fresh, not frozen, beef.

Effects of Oil Market Dynamics
This week’s Convenience Matters podcast discusses what’s going on in the oil industry.

Fuels Institute Testifies Before Congress
Says the vehicle and fuels market will evolve slowly.

Meal Kit Mania
A Nielsen report finds that meal kits have been a unique and profitable niche in the U.S. grocery landscape.

Unilever Debuts New Snack Brand
The plant-based snacks are made with chia, flax and sesame seeds.


Mar 6, 2018

Amazon Could Enter Checking Account Space
New product would appeal to younger customers and the unbanked.

This is #ChildrensHospitalsWeek
The weeklong campaign encourages support for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals.

Hours of Service Waivers Issued for Several States
California, Nevada and Kentucky waivers are in response to inclement weather that struck last week.

Walmart Cooks Up Meal Kit Service
Retailer introduces new meal kits with plans to roll them out to more than 2,000 stores.

Chick-fil-A Introduces New Frosted Beverage
Following a successful test, the orange-flavored Frosted Sunrise is now available nationwide.

ATM Debit Card Fraud Rises
Compromises of ATMs and merchant devices in the U.S. rose 8% in 2017.


Mar 5, 2018

Get Your Fuel Market Answers at FUELS2018
Registration is now open for the event that will be held May 22 to 24 in Chicago.

Ontario Tobacco Tax Hikes Punish Store Owners
The Ontario Korean Businessman’s Association claims that federal and provincial tax increases are escalating illegal cigarette sales.

Florida Bill Would Exclude Soda From SNAP
The legislature has until March 9 to move on the bill, which would prohibit using SNAP benefits to purchase soft drinks.

EPA Issues Final Air-Quality Threshold
The requirements would apply to state, local and tribal air agencies.

Kohl’s Announces Partnership with Aldi
The department store will test groceries from the discount supermarket at up to 10 locations.

Mars Inc. Shares Its Story
The fourth-generation leader is looking to bring the family business into the future.


Mar 2, 2018

Scott Stratten to Headline NACS State of the Industry Summit
The annual numbers and benchmarking conference will be held April 10-12 in Chicago.

Students Push Maryland Bill for Higher Tobacco Buying Age
A House bill would increase the tobacco sales age from 18 to 21.

Amsterdam Supermarket Debuts Plastic-Free Aisle
More than 700 grocery products are housed in cardboard, metal and glass containers.

Americans Embrace Their Irish Heritage
This St. Patrick’s Day, spending is expected to hit a record $5.9 billion.

Anheuser-Busch InBev Launches First Organic Beer
Michelob Ultra Pure Gold is made with organic grains.

Why Millennials Aren’t Embracing Credit Cards
Only one in three millennials carries plastic, while those 18 to 24 years old prefer cash.


Mar 1, 2018

Top Retail Trends to Watch
The retailer's survival exclusively depends on the ability to provide innovative offerings to customers.

Sixth Circuit Lifts WOTUS Stay
The rule defines what types of water are subject to protection under the Clean Water Act.

Florida Considers Using Rail for Gasoline Transportation
The state is exploring ways to keep gas stations operational during hurricane evacuations.

Former Gas Stations Find New Purposes
CNN found that old gas stations can still bring in customers.


Feb 28, 2018

Foodservice No. 1 Driver for C-store Stops
A new survey by AlixPartners found that prepared foods and dispensed beverages top the list of consumer purchases in convenience stores.

Helping Kids Can Help Your Business
This week’s Convenience Matters podcast takes a look at what supporting the Children’s Miracle Network can do for retailers.

Make HR Connections at the NACS Human Resources Forum
There’s still time to register for the March 6-8 event in San Antonio.

Starbucks Goes High End With New Reserve Store
The first location in Seattle has a bar setting with cocktails and a fuller offering of food.


Feb 27, 2018

Making a Pit Stop
Thanks to clean bathrooms and healthier food choices, convenience stores and truck stops are becoming travel destinations.

Joint Employer Rule Back in the Spotlight
The action reverts the NLRB standard back to a broader level of indirect control.

Addressing Harassment in the Workplace
New online training course, designed for employees and store managers, is now available through the NACS eLearning Store.

Supreme Court Hears AmEx Antitrust Case
A collection of state attorneys general and the Department of Justice first filed the case in 2010.

Kraft Heinz Launches New Breakfast Brand
‘Just Crack an Egg’ wants to reignite America’s love for a hot breakfast.

Quiznos Reveals New Store Design Prototype
Redesigned layout includes a dedicated spot for picking up online and mobile app orders.


Feb 26, 2018

More Amazon Go Stores Are on the Horizon
The online retailer could open as many as six additional Amazon Go stores this year.

Taco Bell Ousts Burger King to Snag No. 4 Spot Among U.S. Chains
Sales at the Tex-Mex restaurant jumped 5%, while Burger King continues to falter.

Dunkin’ Donuts Debuts Girl Scout Cookie-Inspired Coffee Flavors
The chain is allowing girl scout troops to sell cookies at select Dunkin’ Donuts restaurants across the country.

J.M. Smucker Branches Out into Bottled Coffee
The snack maker’s new 1850 brand will come in K-cups and bagged varieties.


Feb 23, 2018

Iowa Bill Would Make Installing Skimmers Prosecutable
The legislation would tackle a fivefold rise in skimming devices at ATMs and fuel pumps.

Indiana House Approves Sunday Alcohol Sales
As soon as March 4, convenience stores, liquor stores and supermarkets will be able to sell alcohol seven days a week.

Domino’s Sticks to Delivery by Employees
The pizza chain won’t be outsourcing the delivery of its pizzas.

QuickChek, Cumberland Farms Put Focus on Fresh Food, In-store Dining
Each chain has new locations on Long Island that emphasize foodservice over fuel service.

Millennials Are Driving Food Trends
As the largest demographic in the United States, these young adults are changing the way Americans eat.

Japan to Relax Rules and Allow More Electric Chargers at Gas stations
Other changes include expanding the services gas stations can offer.


Feb 22, 2018

Asking Job Applicants for W-2 Forms Is Risky Business
Employment attorneys caution against using W-2s to verify employment and salary history.

Officials Demand Businesses Turn Over Video Footage in Michigan
In Saginaw, establishments are being asked to join a police surveillance system.

Three Must-Visit Convenience Retailers in Miami
Frank Beard found nothing but modern gas pumps and healthy c-store food on a recent trip in Florida.

Shining a Spotlight on Poland’s Leading Fuel Retailer
To meet the changing expectations of customers, PKN ORLEN is strongly focused on expanding non-fuel sales.


Feb 21, 2018

Consumers Use Debit Cards Over Credit Cards
Research shows a strong preference for debit versus credit cards.

Albertsons to Merge With Rite Aid
The grocery will rebrand its own pharmacies under the Rite Aid banner.

Coca-Cola Turns to Smaller Sizes to Boost Soda Sales
The company reported that its 7.5-ounce cans of Coke have been flying off the shelves.

British KFC Locations Experience Chicken Shortage
The chain has temporarily shuttered hundreds of stores in the country.

Alternative Protein Market Has Potential to Top $5 Billion by 2020
Companies with plant-based options find investors, but retailers have trouble selling the products.

Supermarkets Use Dinner Solutions to Promote Healthy Eating
Retailers can help shoppers put together an easy menu for dinner that includes healthful choices.


Feb 20, 2018

Turbulent Stock Market, Gas Prices Shake Consumer Optimism
Consumer economic optimism in February dropped by 5 percentage points to 60%, the lowest level since September 2017.

U.S. Secret Service Combats Card Skimming at the Pump
The agency is partnering with state and local law enforcement to stop this criminal practice.

New York Retailers Face New Tobacco Rules
Retailers are preparing for the first wave of new tobacco regulations taking place this year.

Does Price Really Matter?
This week’s Convenience Matters podcast dives into the 2018 NACS Consumer Fuels survey.


Feb 19, 2018

Kroger Expands Restaurant Focus
Grocery chain has opened its Culinary Innovation Center, a new test kitchen and training facility.

Sheetz Jumps 21 Spots in Fortune’s Top 100 Best Companies
Convenience retailer went from 87 to 66 in the annual list.

White House Floats 25-cent Gas Tax Hike
However, some analysts say the proposal has little chance of moving through Congress.

H-E-B Partners with Favor Delivery
The two companies seek to provide Texans with a convenient home delivery experience.

Starbucks Japan Goes Bubbly with Sparkling Water
New sparkling water single-serve beverage is available in 7-Eleven stores across Japan.


Feb 16, 2018

House Passes ADA Lawsuit Reform
The legislation aims to curb frivolous lawsuits related to supposed violations of the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Retailers, Manufacturers Might Feel Pinch of Trucker Shortage
Fewer qualified drivers will likely mean delivery delays and price increases.

McDonald’s Announces Changes to Happy Meal
The fast-food chain will adjust its children’s meals into healthier fare.

PepsiCo Snacks Make Up for Sagging Beverage Sales
An uptick in volume from the snack portfolio helped offset decreases in the company’s drink lines.

Register Today for Conexxus Conference to Save
The registration rate goes up tomorrow for the annual conference, which runs April 29 until May 3 in Chicago.

Opening Restroom Access to All
Santa Fe wants retailers to allow non-customers to use the bathroom as part of its Happy Toilet campaign.


Feb 15, 2018

Need a Bathroom? There’s an App for That
Cintas launches its “Got to Go” mobile app that allows users to find and rate nearby restrooms.

House Committee Looks at Data Security
NACS asks Congress to ensure legislation doesn’t create loopholes for certain industries.

Total U.S. Restaurant Count Drops 2%
The decline from last year is due to a dip in independent restaurant units.

Hostess Brings Back Suzy Q’s
Consumer feedback on social media inspired Hostess to make enhancements to snack cake.

Mobile Technology is Top of Mind
Survey finds that most QSR and fast-casual brands believe millennials are fueling industry changes.


Feb 14, 2018

Trump Administration Proposes Food Box in Lieu of Food Stamps
The government would send nonperishable foods each month directly to low-income families.

Coca-Cola Places Arctic Coke Machines in 800 Convenience Stores
The beverage company expands a national test for the instant slushy maker.

Duluth City Bans Flavored Tobacco Sales
The prohibition only affects convenience stores.

Ohio Lottery Now Allows Cashless Payments
Meanwhile, Tennessee legislation would allow for residents to buy tickets with credit cards.

The Future of PCI and Small Merchant Compliance
A free webinar by Conexxus explores what the PCI Council is doing and what the card brands have in their sights.

Sen. Schumer Calls on Secret Service to Address Skimming Problem
The senator says the agency should triple their efforts to end credit-card skimming.


Feb 13, 2018

Creating an Innovative Culture
Jamie Notter advises that companies must build a system that drives behaviors before they can create a culture of innovation.

Cumberland Farms Launches Next Generation of SmartPay App
Convenience retailer is introducing Food Club Rewards and other in-app enhancements.

Convenience Across the Pond
Latest Convenience Matters podcast sits down with Mark Wohltmann to explore convenience retail trends in Europe.

ExxonMobil Invests in On-Demand Fueling Startup
Investment in Yoshi Inc. will allow ExxonMobil to shape a new channel for its products.

Chobani Celebrates Anniversary with Free Yogurt Offer
Over the last 10 years, Chobani has grown from 5 employees to 2,000.

White House Releases Infrastructure Proposal
NACS warns of harm to small businesses if interstate rest stops are commercialized.


Feb 12, 2018

Common Sense for Menu Labeling
CNN explores the ins and outs of the Common Sense Nutrition Disclosure Act recently passed by the House.

Jacksonville Convenience Stores Do Brisk Business
Retailers have ramped up store openings in the Florida city.

A Natural, Organic Alternative
A Pennsylvania convenience store chain specializes in organic and natural foods, as well as gasoline, diesel and compressed natural gas.

Pepsi Launches New Sparkling Water Brand
Bubly has zero calories and comes in eight flavors.

Vish Ganapathy to Keynote Conexxus Conference
The annual conference runs April 29 to May 3 in Chicago.

Dunkin’ Donuts to Focus on Convenience, Quality, Speed
The coffee chain revealed its three-year strategy to bolster afternoon coffee and donut sales.


Feb 9, 2018

Why Basic Details Matter in Convenience Retailing
Frank Beard shares why attention to things like restroom cleanliness gives customers a reason to return.

Transportation 2.0 and the Shared Economy
John Ellis challenges Leadership Forum participants to prepare for a new mobility experience and reality.

Congress Passes Budget Deal Ending Shutdown
Tax extenders were included in the deal, a win for convenience retailers.

Amazon Introduces Free Deliveries From Whole Foods
Prime members in four cities can order many of the items their local Whole Foods stocks for two-hour delivery.

Dunkin’ Donuts to Start Foam Cup Phase Out
The chain has been investigating more eco-friendly alternatives since 2011.

Private Label Comes Into Its Own
Retailers should embrace the store-brand movement.


Feb 8, 2018

Remaining Competitive in a Disruptive Environment
Convenience retailers at the NACS Leadership Forum address how they’re evolving and thriving in an industry that’s experiencing significant change.

Spending in the Name of Love
Consumers will shell out a near-record $19.6 billion on Valentine’s Day.

Shell, Banma Test Futuristic Gas Station in China
The technology would allow the driver to use his car’s touchscreen display to order items from the convenience store.

Convenience Stores Rival Restaurants With Foodservice
Wawa, Sheetz, Casey’s General Store, 7-Eleven and Circle K have cracked Nation’s Restaurant News’ Top 100 report.

Florida Agriculture Commissioner Discusses Skimming
In 2017, the number of skimmers found at Florida gas stations tripled from the previous year.

Chevron, Jacksons Food Stores Begin Joint Venture
The new company expands the brand across more of the western United States.


Feb 7, 2018

Protect Your Business from ICE Raids
Last week’s free NACS webinar gave retailers several simple steps to help them prepare for potential immigration raids.

Mobile Steadily Takes Over Retail Commerce
Transforming your business to mobile takes time, careful planning, meticulous execution and ongoing innovation.

Gas Prices Continue Trending Higher
The national average for gas prices has increased for the sixth straight week.

Cosmetics Blossom at Korean C-Stores
Chains make makeup lines affordable and attractive to younger shoppers.

Localities Clash With States Over Plastic Bag Bans
More cities want to nix plastic bags, but retailers are fighting back.

House Passage of Common Sense Nutrition Disclosure Act Is a Critical Milestone
Lyle Beckwith of NACS issued a statement in response to its passage.


Feb 6, 2018

The House Votes on Menu Labeling Today
Proposed legislation would provide the flexibility needed to comply with the FDA’s pending regulations.

Kroger C-Store Business Sold to EG Group
The U.K.-based firm agreed to purchase 762 convenience stores from Kroger for $2.15 billion.

NACS Brings Customer Service Training Online
The new online Be Our Guest training module covers key areas of convenience store customer service.

Autonomous Cars, Holograms, Big Brother and Hackers
Our podcast this week dives into the recent Consumer Electronics Show.

30 Days of C-Store Food
Frank Beard’s journey continues after that fateful month of solely eating healthy foods found at the local convenience store.

Family Express Boosts Starting Wage
The $11-per-hour starting wage continues the company’s strategy to serve the community as an employer of choice.


Feb 5, 2018

Chipotle’s Brand Perception Journey
Analysts say the fast-casual chain continues to suffer from its food safety issues.

Valentines Can Dine at McDonald’s
U.K. bakery chain Greggs is also offering a dining menu complete with prosecco.

Tesla Taps CPGs for Semis
Companies like Anheuser-Busch and PepsiCo are evaluating building on-site charging terminals to power the Tesla Semi.

Hostess Acquires Breakfast Brands
The acquisition will expand its product range particularly in the key breakfast market.

F’real Foods Teams Up with Mondelēz
Limited-time offer brings the flavor of Sour Patch Kids to create a “sherbet shake.”


Feb 2, 2018

Customers Put C-Store Fried Chicken on Their Big Game Menu
More consumers are turning to convenience stores for fresh foodservice ahead of Super Bowl LII.

Menu Labeling Legislation Is Coming to the House Floor
Follow our link to submit a quick letter to your member of Congress.

EPA Formerly Suspends Clean Water Rule
The president rescinds the 2015 Waters of the United States regulation put into place by the Obama administration.

Washington State, Illinois Consider Raising Tobacco Buying Age
Meanwhile, Indiana lawmakers recently shut down an attempt to increase the legal tobacco age to 21.

McDonald’s Solves Its Fries Delivery Dilemma
The fast-food chain says it can now consistently deliver hot fries, which have become its No. 1 delivery item.

Temporary Injunction Stops Mandated Free Air at Gas Stations
A judge has ordered a N.Y. town to halt the imposition of fines on gas stations who refuse to follow the ordinance.


Feb 1, 2018

Chief of EPA Testifies Before Senate Hearing
Administrator Pruitt answers questions on fuels and other environmental issues.

International Retail Awards Now Open
The NACS European Convenience Retail Awards program is now accepting entries.

Kroger Introduces Scan, Bag, Go Technology
Customers will eventually be able to pay for their groceries directly through the app.

Wawa Offers Free Coffee on February 4
All Mid-Atlantic stores on Sunday will offer free coffee to celebrate the Eagles trip to the Big Game.

Coca-Cola Launches Three New Beverages
As the U.K. prepares for a sugar tax in April, Coca-Cola is introducing new products that would not be subject to the levy.

IRI Analyzes ALDI and LIDL’s Impact
Market shift studies analyze the deep discounters’ impact on the U.S. market


Jan 31, 2018

Beverage Messaging Can Grow Healthy Drink Sales—Sometimes
Two new NACS pilot tests examined the impact of beverage case layout and messaging on sales.

Past NACS Supplier Board Chairman Ron Coppel Retires
Coppel spent more than a dozen years on various NACS boards and 27 years at Eby-Brown.

Casey’s General Stores to Enable ‘Cash Customers’ with Amazon Cash
The convenience store chain is also considering an acquisition of Kroger’s convenience stores.

Protecting Your Business From Immigration Raids
Tomorrow’s free NACS webinar will help retailers prepare for an unexpected visit from Immigration Customs and Enforcement.

Target Starts Same-Day Delivery Today
The retailer leverages its recent acquisition of Shipt at 57 stores in the South.

How Simply Fresh Connects With University Students
A unique formula is reaching a diverse group of customers on a college campus.


Jan 30, 2018

ATM ‘Jackpotting’ Hits U.S.
Secret Service warns ATM jackpotting attacks seen in other countries are hitting the United States.

Help Stop Commercialization of Rest Areas
Tonight’s State of the Union address could lead to increased attention focused on infrastructure policy.

C-Stores Say ‘Cheers’ to Drink Up
Find out how you can promote hydration and encourage customers to drink more water in this week’s Convenience Matters podcast.

Pilot Flying J Supports American Heart Association’s Mission
Throughout February, Pilot Flying J will support the AHA’s ‘Life Is Why We Give’ Campaign.

Dr Pepper Snapple, Keurig Green Mountain To Merge
Combined brand portfolio will have strong exposure to faster growing beverage categories.

California Bill Would Make Straws Illegal
Proposal would ban restaurants from giving out a straw to patrons, unless they ask for one.


Jan 29, 2018

Nestle Waters Taps into Sparkling
Adding sparkling water to its portfolio will bring greater variety to the growing sparkling water category.

Preparing for Immigration Raids
Former ICE employees will share how convenience retailers can protect their businesses during a free NACS webinar.

Fuels Institute Welcomes New Board Members
Jay Ricker of Indiana-based Ricker’s will continue to serve as the chairman.

Burger Joint Tests Facial Recognition
Customers can complete their transaction by looking at the camera on a self-ordering kiosk.

Walmart, Rakuten Announce Strategic Alliance
Companies will launch an online grocery delivery service in Japan and a new eBooks and audiobooks offering in the United States.


Jan 26, 2018

Can Healthy and Fresh Create a Destination Store?
Frank Beard discusses how that looks at Farm 2 Counter in Springfield, Missouri.

NACS Launches Convenience Corner
The series will publish a new five-question interview with industry experts once a month.

Shell Checks Out IBM’s Instant Register
The trial of an immediate RFID checkout solution took place in London.

EG Group Outlines European Plan
After purchasing the German Esso network, EG Group discusses what the acquisition could mean.

QSR, Dollar Stores Zero in on Convenience Stores
With Americans changing how they shop for snacks and beverages, c-stores face increased competition.

Big Year for the Big Game
Consumers are expected to spend $15.3 billion on this year’s Super Bowl.


Jan 25, 2018

U.S. Convenience Stores Continue Growth
The industry’s core offer of convenience strongly resonates with consumers.

NACS Event Highlights Global Retail Innovation
BingoBox, WeChat and Tmall will take center stage at NACS Convenience Summit Asia in March.

Gen Z Has Expectations for Food Brands
For this younger generation, flavor, function and authenticity will prevail over brand and hype.

Starbucks Invests in its Employees
Company announces a new partner and family sick time benefit for all U.S. employees, as well as a second wage increase.

How To Do Internships the Right Way
Thinking long-term about an internship program can lead to future employees.


Jan 24, 2018

C-Stores Share Home Meal Kit Experiences
NACS meal kit pilots address subscription requirements, cost and packaging waste.

Positioning Breakfast Sandwiches All Day Long
Food manufacturers use breakfast sandwiches to entice customers to buy throughout the day.

Supreme Court Rules on WOTUS
Challenges to the current Waters of the United States rule must be routed through federal district courts first.

Burger King’s Hefty New Burger
The Double Quarter Pound King Sandwich is the latest entry into the fast-food burger wars.

Retail Vision Discusses Future of Fuel in U.K.
From pricing to competitors, representatives from six companies talk about what’s in store for the forecourt.


Jan 23, 2018

‘Aloha’ From Aloha Petroleum
In this week’s Convenience Matters podcast, the convenience retailer talks about attracting and retaining employees in a state with only 2% unemployment.

FTC Requires Store Divestitures as Part of 7-Eleven-Sunoco Acquisition
Complaint alleges that 7-Eleven’s acquisition of Sunoco would harm competition in 76 local markets.

Hunt Brothers Pizza Welcomes Back Buffalo Chicken Pizza
The limited time offer is returning to c-store menus for the 11th year.


Jan 22, 2018

Amazon Go is Officially a Go
Following a year-plus of testing its latest retail concept, Amazon’s first convenience store is now open.

Panera Bread Petitions FDA to Define ‘Egg’
The effort is intended to improve industry standards for food transparency.

Ricker's Raises $78K for Salvation Army's Red Kettle Campaign
Donation will help provide shelter and warm meals to those in need throughout Indiana.

Coca-Cola Company Sets Sights on Zero Waste
Company sets goal to help collect and recycle a bottle or can for every one it sells by 2030.

Redd’s Wicked To Launch Watermelon, Bring Back Strawberry Kiwi
Higher alcohol by volume flavored malt beverage singles were among the fastest-growing categories in convenience stores in the fourth quarter of 2017.

Choice Hotels Teams Up With Delivery.com
The partnership connects delivery services between nearly 1,000 Choice Hotels and more than 12,000 businesses.


Jan 19, 2018

How Do You Compare to the Competition?
The NACS State of the Industry survey gives retailers a chance to see how they fare across the industry.

USDA Rejects Maine’s SNAP Petition to Restrict Sugary Drinks and Candy
The Trump administration denies restrictions.

Convenience Store Uses Social Media to Stem Crime
The Kansas City store posts edited surveillance videos showing customers shoplifting frequently on its Facebook page.

Starbucks Pilots Cashless Store
The coffeehouse chain experiments with a Seattle location that only accepts mobile or card payments.

Home Service Oil Chooses GreenPrint to Reduce Emissions Throughout Business
The two companies will partner to offset emissions on fuel and products.

Circle K Announces First Full-service Franchise Opportunities in Canada
The move will be the first time the Circle K brand will be franchised in the country.

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